Marigolds In August

  • 1984
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

With the apartheid situation of the South African government, an intelligent drama from that country dealing with the plight of blacks is an all too rare commodity. Written by Fugard, South Africa's best-known playwright, MARIGOLDS IN AUGUST tells a simple story about a black gardener (Ntshona) who must travel a long distance by foot into the white district...read more

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With the apartheid situation of the South African government, an intelligent drama from that country dealing with the plight of blacks is an all too rare commodity. Written by Fugard, South Africa's best-known playwright, MARIGOLDS IN AUGUST tells a simple story about a black gardener

(Ntshona) who must travel a long distance by foot into the white district in order to find work. He fears that the job will disappear when another black (Kani) shows up. Ntshona thinks that this new man wants to rob a local supermarket and forces him out of the area. Together the two end up with a

white poacher (played by Fugard), and the three come to realize that only by working together and sharing will anything be accomplished. Though the theme is simplistic, it's played with a sincerity that takes the drama to heart. The ensemble is honest in their portraits of men fighting

uncontrollable circumstances, carrying the story's allegorical elements well. The film itself was a subject of controversy when the Soviet Union objected to it being shown at the Berlin Film Festival. Only after it was learned that many of Fugard's plays had been staged in Soviet-controlled

Eastern European countries was the protest dropped.

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  • Released: 1984
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: With the apartheid situation of the South African government, an intelligent drama from that country dealing with the plight of blacks is an all too rare commodity. Written by Fugard, South Africa's best-known playwright, MARIGOLDS IN AUGUST tells a simple… (more)

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